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Al Jazeera America
Dec 5, 2013 10:00pm EST
continue for many days. back in the united states president obama paid tribute to the life of nelson mandela, he ordered the flags at the white house to fly at half mast. let's hear more about the call to south african president jacob zuma. >> it was shortly after jacob zuma announced the passing of nelson mandela to south africa and the world that president obama took to the briefing room to talk about his reminiscenses and everything that nelson mandela meant to him. some time in the evening, you are right. the president placed a phone call to jacob zuma. he expressed condolences from himself and michelle obama. he called nelson mandela a man of kindness and humility, influencing his own life, and the president only met nelson mandela one time as a senator. he had visited south africa twice, once as a senator and once this past june with his family, unable to meet the ailing nelson mandela at this point. the president took to the briefing room, talked about the inspiration that nelson mandela was for him, talked about the anecdote. nelson mandela and a struggle against apartheid, i
Al Jazeera America
Dec 7, 2013 2:00am EST
. president obama met nelson mandela in 2005 and will travel to south africa to attend memorial services. he'll be joined by former presidents bill clinton and george bush. >> 2013 is poised to be the best year for hire since 2005, before the recession. year low and is at 7%.l to a of the u.s. economy gained more jobs than it expected, adding 203,000 positions just last month. the gains were low spread in low and high-earning positions. mike viqueira has more from the white house. >> new unemployment figures are good news for the white house, they've been waiting for this for some time, and whether it matters economically or to many people, millions out of work and those what have given up looking for work. it's good news for the barack obama administration. with unemployment insurance to expire for 1.3 million if condepress doesn't act by the end. month, the white house is stuck in an ironic situation. they are arguing for an end to the cut if growth improves, gdp, in the last court, and down to 7% on friday, the lowest in five years. the administration says unemployment insurance has t
Al Jazeera America
Dec 5, 2013 11:00pm EST
presidential medal of freedom. barack obama met nelson mandela in 2005, when barack obama was a senator. after one term as president nelson mandela stepped down. he did not slow his pace. his charitable foundation raised money for a number of causes. >> when south africa hosted the world cup tournament in 2010, he made his last public appearance. the crowd honoured him to thunderous ovation. >> his third wife, graca machel, former first lady of mozambique, was at his side during prostate cancer and lingering lung infections. >> never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another. and suffer the indignity of being the skunk of the world. the sun never set on so glorious a human achievement. let freedom rain. god bless africa. >> nelson mandela, an enduring father of the new south africa dead at 95. >> nelson mandela's life work extended behind the native south africa. we sat with civil rights leader the reverend jessie jackson, and he drew parallels with his movement and the struggle in the u.s. >> there was a sameness
Al Jazeera America
Dec 5, 2013 8:00pm EST
now president obama of course met with nelson mandela. in 2006, as a senator. barack obama went to south africa, he visited rock bib island, and then just last summer, he was in south africa unable to meet face to face with nelson mandela, because of the leaders ailing health. he did meet with his family, he came away very move bid the experience. another thing that president obama comes back to over and over again, if you look at the literature, what he has written and said about his relationship and now he looks up to him, the way he behaves when he was removed to prison, instead of retribution and revenge against those that held him captive, he embraced them. you know i am really struck by number of things -- especially african-americans and nelson mandela. and you can sort of feel it in the words of the president of the united states. s there a sense about the relationship that president obama has said with this man? >> well, i think in the brief time -- and they have only met once. but obviously the resonance between these two men, to the old her statesman, this man who gave u
Al Jazeera America
Dec 5, 2013 6:00pm EST
has reaction from president obama to the death of nelson mandela. mike? >> about 50 minutes ago president obama came into the james brady briefing room. no secret to the fact that nelson mandela was an inspiration to the president. he told how he was not involved or interested in politics. at a student in the late "70s, early '80s, he was involved and inspired in the antiapartheid and divestiture movement. he met one time in 2006. he had visited in 2005. he had visited south africa and robin island in 2006. and the president was just in south africa over the summer, in june with his family, didn't have an opportunity to meet with nelson mandela because of health reasons. the president said he cannot fully imagine my life - his life - without the example nelson mandela set. for long as i live i will do what i can to learn from him. let's listen to more of what the president had to say. >> we will not likely see the likes of nelson mandela again. so it falls to us, as best we can, to forward the example that he set, to make decisions guided not by hate, but by love. never discount
Al Jazeera America
Dec 6, 2013 11:00pm EST
born 85 years ago. words of sympathy to nelson mandela's widow. president obama called nelson mandemandela's wife to express s condolcondolences. >>> john takes us through all of the events that will honor nelson mandela in the coming days. >> south africa is preparing for a whole week of morning for mour nelson mandela who died in his sleep peacefully. sunday is being designated as a national day of prayer and reflection. which the country's 52 million people are being asked to remember nelson mandela in their thaitthoughts and prayers. the next poir important day is tuesday. that is when a memorial will be held at the soccer stadium. it is known locally as the calabash. a calabash is an african cook beincookingpot from wednesday tn mandela's body will lie in state in the union building in pretoria. there will be many memorial services throughout the country during those three days. there will be a state funeral. however we have information because at that funeral mandela's family and the world will say ghoob t goodbye to thet black president and nobel peace pricprize lauret
Al Jazeera America
Dec 7, 2013 6:00am EST
little shorter thanks to tata. >> meanwhile president obama has called nelson mandela's wife to express condolences. >> the president and first lady will go to south africa for memorial event next week. nelson mandela met president obama in 2005. former presidents cloipt clinton and bush will travel to south africa. >> let's here about the event for the week ahead. >> south africa is preparing a week of events. flags fly at half mast. sunday is designated as a national day of prayer and reflection. the nation's people are asked to remember nelson mandela in their thoughts and prayers. tuesday the 10th is the next most important day. the day when the national memorial service will be held at the soccer city stadium. it conceded 95,000 people. it was the site of the 2012 world cup final and known as the kalabash. it's a cooking pot shaped in the form of a cooking pot. wednesday to friday nelson mandela's body will lie in state in the union building in pretoria. that's the official residents of the current president jacob zuma. there'll be many memorial services throughout the coun
Al Jazeera America
Dec 8, 2013 2:00am EST
. president obama and the first lady will travel to south africa for nelson mandela's memorial service next week. >> hello, welcome no al jazeera america, i'm morgan radford live from new york city. reinforcements on the town in trying to end the violence. nearly 400 people have been killed in the fighting in the past three days. france is dispatching more than 1,000 troops and the african union plans to double its forces. 10,000 have fled the capital. officials ordered everyone off the streets of bangui. for the latest on the crisis we start in bangui. a warning - you may find some of these images disturbing. >> french soldiers on food patrol in bangui. this is new to the city and welcomeded by men. they are here to reassure people enough to open up shops. at the moment there's no food or medicine. there's little the french can do about the growing sectarian violence between muslims and christians. >> translation: we muslims have been here for 200 years. they are killing us every day. anti-balaka christians killed more than 200. >> this is where many christiansar sheltering, close to
Al Jazeera America
Dec 8, 2013 6:00am EST
tributable to nelson mandela. nelson mandela's ex-wife winnie attended a church service. president obama, george w. bush and clinton will travel to south africa for memorial services. >> we go to our correspondent at the soweto church where services wrapped up. what is significant about this church? these are some of the church members in the church listening to the service. this building was a lot of things to many people. up therefore on the painting on the wall is the painting of a great activist. we have nelson mandela, and archbishop desmond tutu. during apartheid students running from the police used to come in and hide. there were occasions that police would come in and shoot them, and several have died in this building. it's an emotional time, an historical place. it shows how far the country has come. >> you mentioned people cowering in the church. what are religious leaders saying today about madeba's passing. >> the message is simple. it was think about the good things and learn from him. one thing was be a good person. the police were saying for example, share a meal with a f
Al Jazeera America
Dec 9, 2013 2:00am EST
the e.u. >> and a day of prayer for nelson mandela. president obama and two former presidents expected to attend the memorial service for the late former president. >> welcome to al jazeera america. i'm stephanie sy. as a power struggle grips thailand the prime minister calls for fresh elections. the thousands of protesters in the capital say it's not enough. wayne hay has the latest from bangkok. >> there's no indication from the anti-government protesters that the announcement from the prime minister yingluck shinawatra, that she will dissolve parliament. the goals have changed. they said they would accept the solution and the resignation of the prime minister. that changed into the goal being the removal of the thaksin shinawatra regime - referring to the former prime minister ousted in a coup in 2006 and lives in self-impressed exile. his cysister, yingluck shinawat is the prime minister at the moment. >> at the moment they are continuing a push towards of the office of the prime minister, government house, where they say this will be their final attempt to remove this go.
Al Jazeera America
Dec 10, 2013 6:00pm EST
mood. president obama was among those paying tribute to a man who became a global icon. >> nelson mandela reminds us that it is possible and there are ways to get it done. south africa shows that it is true. south africa shows us that we can change. that we can have a world that is defined not by our differences but our common hopes. >> many came to honor nelson mandela, we talked with people who gathered to remember the father of mod dinne modern sout. >> reporter: 6:00 a.m. in a stadium known as soccer city was quiet and then suddenly it isn't. [ singing ] >> reporter: the gates open and the energy floods in. pouring rain drives the early arrivals into the covered upper deck. where they have no problems staying warm, and no doubts about why they are here. >> we are here to to celebrate. >> coming 800 miles from cape town to dance in the aisles and be part of the massive group farewell. >> there is no man like mandela. so yes, this is my final good buy. >> reporter: in the stadium hallways roving fans and singers sweep people up with them. and gather outside in circles of noise a
Al Jazeera America
Dec 9, 2013 11:00pm EST
? we have everything you need to know. >>> and remember nelson mandela. president obama, the first lady and from people from around the world, arrivings in south africa. -- arriving in south africa. >>> it is 6:00 a.m. in johannesburg and already, the crowds are forming for the official state memorial service for nelson mandela. it's not scheduled to start for about five more hours. it was a rainy night and some umbrellas this morning, more rain. 94,000, in the stadium, but authorities are expecting a lot more. about four other stadiums have been secured that totally that would fill about 125,000 more people if that overflow is needed. of course security is tight with all of the dignitaries arriving throughout the day. we are monitoring this event. we are going to have a live report on the latest developments on the scene in just a little while. >>> the state will be in attendance according to president obama and first lady michelle obama. jonathan betz has more on that. >> it's going to be a who's who of dignitaries. according to 100 have rsvped so far. oprah winfrey and the spice girl
Al Jazeera America
Dec 9, 2013 11:00am EST
pay tribute to nelson mandela. president obama and first lady are taking off on air force one. >>> french forces are now the central africa republic say they will restore order by answer means necessary. the. >>> 37 years after students in soweto protests over the education system, south african students still fail to make the grade. it seems that apartheid is still hard to overcome. we have more from cape town. [ cheering ] nelson mandela supporting and encouraging children in school. from the start of his career as an ain't apartheid activist, the leader placed education at the center of the struggle. he said his single most important priority is >> later because of this and in some corner they would change and understand why the up rising. >> nelson mandela urgently educate black students to the standard of their white counterparts to give them both purpose and hope. >> they have really struggled to fulfill nelson mandela vision. they are crippled by inequa inequalities. school buildings are falling apart. >> schools outside of cape town are more typical of the problems the
Al Jazeera America
Dec 10, 2013 2:00pm EST
, paying tribute to nelson mandela. president obama was among the speakers and yes, he did shake hands with cuban president raul castro. lawmakers are back in washington and the pressure is on to end the year in a productive note. congress has to vote on the list of issue as massive defense bill and a farm bill, but perhaps the biggest issue once again is the budget. >> the international space station turning 15 today. but at a cost of $180 billion some are wondering if the investment was worth it. shows us what life is like onboard. >> the international space station orbits 300-kilometers above the earth. 2 1/2 years after if completed if it is onboard are now focused on research, but science in space comes at a price, in this case, a hefty $150 billion for construction, and another $2 billion a year to keep it running. >> it was held with developing drugs for example, that chemical and biological reas in the absence -- and we can determine the way this takes place, and perhaps emphasize new drugs and cures for cancer, who knows. these are completely unpredictable. >> the states that
Al Jazeera America
Dec 9, 2013 2:00pm EST
. >> mike viqueria our white house correspondent thank you very much. >> all righty. >> president obama is heading to south africa to head the delegation hong honoring former president nelson mandela. with him are first lady michelle obama and presidents clinton and carter are expected to attend the services. george h.w. bush will be the only living u.s. president who will not be in attendance. the town where the former president grew up, workers are setting up a massive dome ahead of the state funeral which takes place on sunday. nelson mandela will lie in state at pretoria. from wednesday through sun. desmond tutu, the nelson mandela center, hosting a service to celebrate the iconic leader. as allen schauffler, reports: >> this is nelson mandela square one of the tribute sites set up around this country. it is also the heart of high end retail in johannesburg in one of the richest districts in this country. and as we found out today, many of the people who work in this neighborhood as you might expect live in a very different world. mandela square mall in santon, some of the most expensi
Al Jazeera America
Dec 10, 2013 4:00pm EST
gathered a crowd to celebrate the life of one man, nelson mandela. president obama joined dozens of world leaders both past and present, honoring the man that led south africa away from apartheid. inside for the moments honoring mandela. >> 6:00 a.m., in the stadium known as soccer city is quiet and empty, and then suddenly it isn't. the gates open and the energy floods in. pouring rain driving the arrival of the covered upper deck. where they have no problem staying warm. and no doubts about why they are here. >> that will make history. >> 800 miles from cape town to dancing the aisles anyone like this anywhere. so yeah, this is my final. >> in the stadium hallways roving bands of singers sweep people up with it. >> and gather outside in circles of noise and joy. >> we have been asking people all week long, whether this is a time of sadness or celebration, and on this day, the answer is clear. >> the rain never lets up, and of course it doesn't matter. >> in prison for 27 years just to be in the rain, come on. he has done so much more for us. and this won't dispatchen our spirits. >> fur
Al Jazeera America
Dec 9, 2013 6:00pm EST
leaders are making their way to south africa to pay tribute to nelson mandela. president obama and the first lady took off on air force 1. secretary of defense chuck hagel ordered the u.s. military to transport troops from burundi to central african republic. a blast of severe weather wreaked havoc across the northeast. causing car accidents pileups, i-95 corridor from washington, d.c. to boston tomorrow. >>> the clock is ticking once again for congress. for lawmakers it is the final week of the year. both houses in washington at the same time and both houses facing a laundry list of items to be voted on. the budget, a new spending bill would help avoid a government shutdowns like the one in october. libby casey joins us from capitol hill. hammering out a budget deal isn't the only thing congress is trying to accomplish this week. what else tops that agenda? >> that's right. the farm bill expires and with that, things that affect dairy prices and subsidies, a defense bill and we are seeing some signs of movement or progress tony. leaders of the house armed services committee say they f
Al Jazeera America
Dec 5, 2013 5:00pm EST
obama to say what he is going to say in the past, that is that nelson mandela is a personal inspiration to him. at occidental, he wasn't political active but became so. the president had sited to heros in his life, one of them is gandhi, and the other is nelson mandela. them soon mandela closed a statement saying i have fought against white domination. and i have fought against black domination. i have cherished the eye deal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony, and with equal opportunities. it is an adiel i wish to live for and achieve. but if needs be, it is an ideal for hi'm prepared to die. nelson mandela lived for that idea, and he made it real. achieved more than could be expected of any man. and today he has gone home. we have lost one of the most courageous, influential, and good human beings that any of us will spend time with on this earth. he no longer belongs to us, he belongs to the ages. through his fierce dignity, and unbending will to sacrifice his own freedom for the freedom of others, his journey from a prison to a
Al Jazeera America
Dec 10, 2013 3:00am EST
a deal with the e.u. had been rejected. >> events to honour the 95-year-old nelson mandela is expected to be one of the biggest gatherings of dignitaries and heads of states. barack obama is among those attending and speak. he be joined by three previous presidents, including george w. bush, bill clinton and jimmy carter. also ban ki-moon will speak. kofi annan, his predecessor will be in tansd. iran president hassan rouhani and british prime minister david cameron, joined by gordon browbrown, tony blair and mr major. nicholas sar cosy will join francis hollande. >> can you tell me how much people in south africa will use this as an event to determine how south africa is today? >> i think that will be what today is about. as well as watching on the tv screens at home, i think people will reflect on the way the country changed in the last 20 years. we are about to celebrate 20 years of freedom since the first democratic election. people will be looking back at the early years thinking about nelson mandela's influence no building the country we see today. it will be a time of ce
Al Jazeera America
Dec 9, 2013 7:00pm EST
america, with a look ata, today's top stories. a town in south africa is preparing for nelson mandela's funeral. that's where the former pettigrew up. president obama will attend along with current and former leaders from more than 100 countries. is u.s. will airlift african forces and equipment to bengai. sectarian violence has engulfed the country since march. uu.s. airway the carriers completed their merger today, creating the world's largest airline. four airline now control 80% of flights in the united states. lawmakers are back on capitol hill. congress has just a few days to vote on a laundry list of items including a new spending bill. the passage of this bill would help avoided another government shut down. a blast of severe weather causing big problems across the northeast is kevin just mentioned, power outages, car pileups and massive flight delays the national weather service is forecasting another storm for the, i 95 corridor from washington, d.c., to boston tomorrow. real money, with david shooter is next. plus what you don't know about and this is real money.
Al Jazeera America
Dec 10, 2013 4:00am EST
. he had the will and the condition at the moment. it's interesting that we have barack obama there, the black american president. nelson mandela, first black south african president. but nelson mandela was on the u.s. terrorist list until 2008. extraordinary. >> absolutely. and to some extent, it's a little dismaying, you know, at a personal level, i feel somewhat nausiated, to be blunt about it, by the level of hypocrisy of some leaders who are lauding nelson mandela today and in the days since his death who were against the poll says that he stood for and are trying to whitewash his legacy to brush over the fact that he was a freedom fighter and believed in redistribution of wealth and land particularly. that he showed a great deal of solidarity with the palestine cause; that he vehemently opposed the war in iraq; that he stood by the cast roes and cubans. we are looking at hamid karzai from afghanistan. he is arriving, talking about the spread of his reach and word. some people might find controversial. >> he was one of the elders, and we saw them arriving. what sort of impact h
Al Jazeera America
Dec 10, 2013 1:00pm EST
memorial for nelson mandela, barack obama gave us one of the days most memorable images, this is him shaking hands with cuba's leader recall castro. america has not had formal diplomatic relations with cuba since 1959. joining us to talk about this, a contributor with the daily beast, and is live from washington, d.c. and a good to have you on al jazeera, certainly one of the strongest images of the day, and obama shaking hands and even exchanging a few words. first off, how is this being viewed? is it stirring any drove? >> maybe a little bit in the twitter universes, but the days of the real aminty between the u.s. and cuba is behind us. president obama carries florida in the last election, i think he even carried the cuban american vote. because the younger generations don't feel the hostile feelings towards the cast drove brothers. some people would hope that the empargo would be ended before this president leaves office. i wouldn't bet on that, necessarily. but president obama has taken steps to ease travel to cuba, and to make it easier for cuban americans to send remit tans ho
Al Jazeera America
Dec 9, 2013 10:00pm EST
? we have everything you need to know. >>> and remember nelson mandela. president obama, the first
Al Jazeera America
Dec 5, 2013 9:00pm EST
seems across the globe there is universal mourning for nelson mandela. at the white house, president barack obama immediately left a reception to send this message of gratitude. >> the day he was released from prison, he gave me a sense of what human beings can do when they are guided by their hopes and not by their fears. and like so many around the globe,ky not fully imagine my own life without the example that nelson mandela set. >> and so long as i live,ly do what i can to learn from him. >> world leaders say he was for all the face of forgiveness. >> nelson mandela was a chide for justice, and human inspiration. many around the world were entrenched by his selfless struggle for human dignity, equality, and freedom. excellent tonight, one of the brightest lights of our world has gone out. nelson mandela was not just a hero of our time, but a hero of all time. >> a legend for the powerful, and the people on the streets of time square from all around the globe. it is a big loss for all of us. >> god bless all the people he fought for. i hope his legacy lives on. remembering how he
Al Jazeera America
Dec 10, 2013 12:00am EST
. it's 7:00 a.m. in johannesburg and the gates to the stadium where the official memorial for nelson mandela will be held. these are live pictures now. more than 100 world leaders plan to attend including president obama and his wife mrs. obama. the stadium holds 90,000 people but many more are expected to show up. al jazeera america will hold extended coverage, starting at 4:00 a.m. eastern, 1:00 a.m. pacific. >>> winter weather advisors posted from arkansas to maine. several people have died in storm related traffic accidents. thousands of flights have been cancelled nationwide. the. >>> the standoff continues in ukraine where opposition, security troops raided opposition headquarters monday. ever since the president vetoed a trade deal with europe in exchange for closer ties with russia. that's it, remember you can get more on the news at aljazeera.com. >> on america tonight: a medical break through, a treatment that could be critical to the future of many patients in the fight against cancer. >> it's not a drug. it's actually engineered cells. they are growing within the patient.
Al Jazeera America
Dec 10, 2013 10:00am EST
was. we will miss him deeply. may god bless the memory of nelson mandela. my god bless the people of south africa. >> so barack obama also gave us one of the day's most memorable images. this is him shaking hands with cuba's leader. america has not had former diplomatic relations with cuba since 1959. above all the memorial was an opportunity for south africans to reflect on what mandela meant to them. >> he has made me so proud to be a south african, and i just think he embraces everything that we want for our land and i hope we're going to carry on with his legacy. >> we are all here for one golden aim. to celebrate the life of a hero. that permitted black people to operate free in their own country. >> i came here to celebrate the life of my hero, my leader, my future, my hope, someone who gave me hope. >> mike hannah is following events in johannesberg. we saw that remarkable show of unity with world leaders and people coming together. have they managed to digest and take in what happened at the stadium? >> it was very much the call for unity. it was very much the call among thos
Al Jazeera America
Dec 5, 2013 7:00pm EST
obama was still a senator. nelson mandela. >> when south africa hosted the world cup tournament in july of 2010, he made his last major public appearance at the final games. the crowd honoring him with a thunderous ovation. >> never, and never agai again, shall it be will gain the experience, the oppressive, of one by another. and suffer the indignity of things to some of the world. >> signing up the effects are so glorious, a human achievement. god bless africa. in 1990, he visited new york and nearly 100,000 people gathered in harlem to hear him speak. tonight, outside the apollo theater, marque honored nelson mandela, that's where jordan martin is standing by, what are you hearing tonight? >> first john, it is pretty evidence you can see the marque you just mentioned it says in memory ol' nelson mandela, he changed our world. a lot of people here in hair held, and in new york in general remember when he came here, actually the marque was a big part of it. it said welcome home mr. and mrs. mandela. there were a huge crowds here, more than 100,000 people, there was a huge parade.
Al Jazeera America
Dec 6, 2013 2:00pm EST
honor of nelson mandela. a public service will be held tuesday at a johannesberg stadium. mandela will be buried on sunday december 15th, following a state funeral. president obama is among the world leaders expected to attend. the u.s. economy added more than 200,000 jobs in november. the unemployment rate is now 7%. it's lowest point in five years. the southwestern united states is being battered by heavy, wintery weather. decides freezing rain a thunder and lightning storm could sweep across texas, arkansas, and oklahoma. france is putting more boots on the ground to help stop the violence in africa. african heads of state are meet in france to talk about the situation. but as jackry roland reports the day began with thoughts on the passing of nelson mandela. >> the president opened the meeting with a moment of silence in honor of mandela. and then went on to outline the meeting, in particular the situation the central african republic. he also said other key issues were trafficking and also terrorism, a problem which he said affected many countries on the continent. the summit cont
Al Jazeera America
Dec 6, 2013 7:00pm EST
nelson mandela has begun. on tuesday a public memorial will be held, and he'll be bur buried december 15th. after a state funeral. president obama and the first lady will travel to the funeral. >>> heavy wintery winds are hammering the southwest, and it doesn't seem to be slowing down. thunder storms that could sweep connection, arkansas and central ken. >>> a hospital in mexico has been concerned over concerns of radiation exposure. six people admitted to the hospital may have fallen ill from contact with cobalt 60. that is a dangerous radioactive waste that was being carried in a truck that was stolen. the police found the abandoned vehicle i in a field. those are your headlines for al jazeera america. ali velshi next with "real money." >> the government said more americans are going back to work, and they have the numbers to back up the fact. by quality matters more than quantity. still this recovery is start to go feel real for americans. and i'll introduce you to a shop keep who are says you got to think little to be big. and how smart phones are helping physicians diagn
Al Jazeera America
Dec 10, 2013 6:00am EST
magnificent soul it was. we will miss him deeply. may god bless the memory of nelson mandela. may god bless the people of south africa. [cheers] the president of the united states of america, barack obama. euologizing and the first president and the first south african black president and they welcomed mr. obama, calling him the son of african soil. and the fact that we are americans aside, so far he has been clearly the superstar of this. he talked about mandela the man, not the disembodied icon, it was a moving speech and a historical moment. >> and let me join you on this and he looked rested and it's a long flight but it's airforce one and all creature comforts on airforce one and looked great and looked in total control. the speech started out i thought in kind of a workman like fashion and then there is the moment. you start the speeches and start slow and you build and then it started to hit its stride. at the time of self reflection that this, right, this is a moment for self reflection for everyone. and then there was the line about applying the lessons that everyone including the
Al Jazeera America
Dec 9, 2013 1:00pm EST
. preparations are underway in south africa for the state funeral of nelson mandela. more than 90 heads of state will fly in for the event of the f and b stadium in suweto. president obama is on his way with his first lady michelle and bill clinton and george bush are on their way. mandela believed education was the foundation of a new south africa. but the legacy of apartheid is proving hard to overcome. al jazeera's feda gresse has the story. >> nelson mandela enjoying his favorite date, supporting and encouraging children in school. from the start of his career as an antiapartheid activist the statesman put education at the top of the schedule. to educate the nation's once depressed youth. in 1996, the suweto, then the language of oppression. linda molefe was one of those young students who rioted. he is now the principal of a secondary school one of suweto's most successful. he keeps eye over the classes acutely aware of the country's lessons. >> we are throwing without, knowing exactly. but later because of these little meetings or little held at night or in some corners they were trying to
Al Jazeera America
Dec 7, 2013 11:00pm EST
. >> all of this, this is the equipment that nelson mandela would have used. into out back a security guard shows me equipment that nelson mandela used. >> in a few hours south africa begins a national day of mourning. president obama arrives for the official memorial of 90,000 in a stadium down the road. it will be an emotional memorial that we have seen in a long time. >> the first generation of children born since apartheid are learning about it. we have more about the generation known as the born-free. >> a first-time visit to africa's parliament. these views were not born when nelson mandela delivered his first address as president outside south africa. now an idea to learn about the democracy born at that time. >> there was an emblem in front. that is where the president sits. the president sits there alone. this is where he has his own place. >> from the tour guide an anecdote indicating that the break can get it wrong. >> the former president was making a speech. he noticed a red button flicking. he didn't know what was going on. he stopped to find out. he was told, "mr president. y
Al Jazeera America
Dec 5, 2013 5:30pm EST
ailing -- because nelson mandela was of course ailing. he met with his family. was told of nelson mandela's condition at that point, he had first met president mandela in 2005, actually here in washington suddenly he called him, from his et here in room just down the georgetown. and president obama came to see him. so it is a lifetime of inspiration, there are obvious parallels. of course, his father from the continent of africa, them son mandela, the president being the first african-american president, it's almost too obvious to point out the deep rest nantz there. between these two men. and obviously someone that president obama looked up to a great deal. >> mike, appreciate that, thank you. >> joining us now he is a professor from ucla.'s goo, one of the real joys of this moment, is going to be had a personal association. with nelson mandela if you want to take a look with the former south african president. >> well, i have known about nelson mandela since i started studying and he had always been promptly inspirational. i met him for the first time after he had been released
Al Jazeera America
Dec 9, 2013 9:00pm EST
south africa was attributable to the united states. >> in the end joie, nelson mandela appreciated americans. he made many trips to america. he had great relationships with both bushes, with president carter, with president clinton and with president obama. he loved the american people and he felt a great deal of support from them but he didn't feel that the government and the governments of western europe the at the time supported the anc and the antiapartheid cause joie. >> world leaders coming to pay their respects to nelson mandela, they are the poorest people of south africa whose lives were so impacted by what nelson mandela did. >> he was really the core of his cause. this is the country where 85% of the population, the black population had access to virtually nothing while only a small percentage had access to education and property and wealth. you know in the old days under apartheid blacks couldn't live in the city centers where i am now, they would come in on a daily basis. one of those outsecurities was alexandra township, now fully part of it. just beyond alexandra is
Al Jazeera America
Dec 9, 2013 8:00pm EST
crowd is expected to honor nelson mandela, it is the same stadium where the former president made his appearance three years ago. the arena has seats for 95,000 people and president obama is one of those scheduled to speak. he and the first lady left washington this morning headed to that event, traveling with them, a former president george w bush, and wyatt laura, meanwhile, one of the mandela's daughters joins the hundreds that will continue to stop by the families home in suburbans johannesburg just to pay tribute. president obama is part of an impressive list of world leaders attending tuesday's historic event, a look at who is going and who is not, from our jonathan bets. close to 100 have r super bowlcps so far. the queen of england can't make it but prince carl can. british prime minister will join nearly every other european head of state. so is the palestinian president, but not israeli prime minister. he is concerned about the high travel and security costs. other no shows include russian president vladimir putin, and the dalai lama. china has made it very difficult for him
Al Jazeera America
Dec 9, 2013 4:00pm EST
way to south africa to honor one man: nelson mandela. among those already in south africa former u.s. president jimmy carter who is in johannesburg. kofe annan. and the former president of ireland is there. dozens of others are en route. president obama and the first lady left for south africa, board air force 1 joined by george bush and his wife. are ali velshi is leading our team in johannesburg. ali, set the scene for us literally hours before the event tomorrow in johannesburg. >> well it's gone cold, tony, it's raining tonight in johannesburg. it was a clear day. police were setting up barricades and rerouting. you could see dignitaries coming in and police convoys. as you said jimmy carter is here as well. george w. bush, bill clinton will be here, world leaders from all over the place. i had a chance to sit down with jimmy carter, who knew nelson mandela very well. he was on the same plane coming down. he said in all the times he knew nelson mandela, he never said thank you to the u.s. government to end apartheid. here's why. >> i would say i had many talks with nelson mandela
Al Jazeera America
Dec 10, 2013 2:00am EST
addition to the citizens of south africa dignitaries will attend. president obama will speak. he met nelson mandela at a washington d.c. hotel in 2005 when he was a senator. bill clinton, george w. bush and jimmy carter also part of delegation. >> david cameron, hamid karzai, steven harper. ban ki-moon, will people, and former general secretary kofi annan. prince charles is representing the throne. we'll have more from south africa with ali velshi who is on the ground. men american forces are being called on. chuck hagel is ordering the u.s. military to transport troops. 400 have been killed in fighting between christians and muslim groups. we go to the capital where the french troops are diffusing the crisis. looking like a muslim here can make you a target. the man dressed in white is surrounded by local christians. they say he's a seleka general. they want to kill him. he says he's a local businessman. the french intervene ordering people to move away. they arrest a muslim man taking him away. in another suburb of the city a man is carried to safety. he's been stabbed. locals accu
Al Jazeera America
Dec 10, 2013 12:00pm EST
remember nelson mandela. president obama was among the speakers shaking hands with cuban president, raul castro. >>> american forces are joining the effort to stabilize the war attorney central african republic. the pentagon says that personnel will not be fighting. more than 400 people have died since last week. the french president is traveling there today. >>> los angeles is the movie capitol of the world, but a developer has plans of building the city's tallest skyscrapers right above a fault line. >> reporter: imagine hollywood before all of this, when it was citrus groves for as far as the eye could see. then came the movie studios, the walk of fame and the iconic records building. now imagine skyscrapers. >> this project will celebrate the idea of community. >> reporter: these are artist renders of the proposed towers, more than 1 million square feet. l.a. city council approved the project this year. >> what they have planned is high-rise developments and obstruction of neighborhoods. we want to protect our community. >> reporter: so long f-time hollywood resident is suing b
Al Jazeera America
Dec 6, 2013 12:00pm EST
obama joined leaders around the world in mourning the death of nelson mandela. the white house says the president and the first lady will travel to south africa to at ten the state funeral. the two met in 2005 when obama was a senator in illinois. the president travelled to south africa in june but he was too ill to meet with mandela. libby casey joins us now. >> gratitude and so much remembrance has come pouring in from all over washington. president obama recalled how as a young man he was first inspired to political action back in college by going to an anti apartheid rally. and he talked about the role model that mandela. the president yesterday remembered his words that nelson mandela said he wanted to see an ideal, a society where there was democracy and freedom for all. >> nelson mandela lived for that ideal, and he made it real. he achieved more than could be expected of any man. and said he has gone home. and we have lost one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly good human beings with on this earth. he no longer belongs to us. he belongs to the ages. >> remembranc
Al Jazeera America
Dec 9, 2013 12:00pm EST
. more than 90 world leaders are expected to attend nelson mandela's memorial. efforts to keep them all safe and secure in south africa. >>> car pile ups massive air delays. >>> and major technology companies joining forces to battle the nsa. >>> president obama is on his way to south africa. he is heading the u.s. delegation honoring nelson mandela. the president leaving on air force one just a few hours ago. former president george w. bush and his wife laura are also on board joining first lady michelle obama and the president. president's clinton and carter will attend the service scheduled for tuesday in south africa. george r. h.w bush is the only former president that will not be there. >>> alan is near johannesburg. he has more on how the people of south africa are remembering nelson mandela. and he's a father figure being honored in cities large and small 1234 absolutely, del, and people here and in nelson mandela square in the rain at 7:00 in south africa, a soggy evening, but it doesn't seem to offend the crowds much. they have been coming here constantly to the many tribu
Al Jazeera America
Dec 9, 2013 6:00am EST
the choice to lead. south africa kicks off 8 days to nelson mandela and leaders like president obama and predecessors will go to a service on tuesday, and many took part in prayer on sunday. lawmakers are do back in washington on tuesday and facing pressing matter before they leave town for the holidays and a massive defense bill and farm bill including controversial food stamp cuts but the most significant issue is the budget, a deal would avoid a government shut down like the one in october, more on the up coming week this congress is brian moore, brian good morning, a big week for lawmakers on capitol hill. >> it's a little bit of a replay of previous years, it's become a holiday tradition in washington playing beat the clock. congress is scrambling to get work done as most americans are getting ready to relax for the holidays and topping the agenda ending the budget bite that led to the government shut down. >> they are making progress and moving in the right direction and have not closed the deal. >> reporter: the fine print has been elusive. >> the key is not for a government s
Al Jazeera America
Dec 6, 2013 6:00pm EST
president obama will be attending the funeral along with other heads of state. >>> nelson mandela is being honored across the globe. i know we have the picture, there it is, green, yellow, red and blue in tribute to mandela, but not that long ago, david schuster, the united states' relationship with mandela was complicated.eporter: the presidd to make choices about what they were seeing in south africa and they often did not choose the interests of nelson mandela. >> reporter: as the flowers were placed as tributes pour in. >> we lost one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly good human beings. >> it's easy to forget a few decades ago the highest circle of american leadership considered nelson mandela an enemy. the african-american national congress received support from the soviet union. meanwhile, while jimmy carter supported the south african government, president reaganen placed him on a list of terrorist groups. and the government launched a brutal crackdown president reagan condemned apartheid and tried to block congressional sanctions saying the measures would harm his
Al Jazeera America
Dec 9, 2013 5:00am EST
parliament and calls for new elections. [chanting] a day of prayer in south africa for nelson mandela and leaders including president obama and three former u.s. presidents expected to attend tuesday's memorial service for the late south african president. >> and a crime was never committed a
Al Jazeera America
Dec 9, 2013 11:30am EST
following for you. more than 90 world leaders are expected to attend nelson mandela's memorial. efforts to keep them all safe and secure in south africa. >>> car pile ups massive air delays. >>> and major technology companies joining forces to battle the nsa. >>> president obama is on his way to south afr
Al Jazeera America
Dec 8, 2013 1:00am EST
as the world mourns. president obama and the first lady will travel to south africa for nelson mandela's
Al Jazeera America
Dec 8, 2013 12:00am EST
. >> the white house announced president obama and mrs. obama will attend the ceremony for nelson mandela on tuesday. it's part of a week of events to honour the south african leader. those are the headlines "america tonight" is next. check >> into this is al jazeera america live from new york city. i'm morgan radford with your headlines. a cold snap across much of the country is paralyzing travel on the road and in the air. several deaths have been linked to the icy weather which is bringing snow to the midwest, the family of a u.s. veteran released from custody is asking for privacy. merrill newman is spending his first day back after an 85-year-old was detained by allegedly commit iing crimes. france says hundreds more troops arrived in the south african republic to safehe
Al Jazeera America
Dec 6, 2013 11:00am EST
. >>> president obama joined leaders around the world in mourning the death of nelson mandela. the president and first lady are expected to attend the state burial in south africa. they once in 2005 when the president was a senator in illinois. libby casey joins us now with reaction from are washington. good morning. >> good morning, stephanie. reactions are coming in from all corners of politics, and the reactions that are both personal as well as remembrances of political moments. president obama talked about how he was first inspired to get involved in politics as a college student to get to an anti apartheid rally. and he remembered the day that nelson mandela was freed from prison. he said it was a moment that he saw as a potential that was guided by their likes and not their fears. >> it calls to us to forward the example that he set. to make decisions guided not by hate but by love. to never discount the difference that one person can make, so strive for a future that is worthy of his sacrifice. >>> george h.w. bush was in the presidency when nelson mandela was released from prison, a
Al Jazeera America
Dec 6, 2013 1:00am EST
nelson mandela. at the white house president obama left a hanukah reception to send this message of gratitude. the day he was released in prison gave me a sense of what human being can do when guided by hopes and not fears. like so many around the gloeb i cannot imagine my life without the example that nelson mandela set. so lopping as i life, i will do what i can to learn from him. world leaders say he was for you will all the face of forgiveness. >> he was a trial of justice and inspiration. many around the world were greatly influences by his struggle for human dignity, equality and freedom. >> tonight one of the write et cetera lights of our world has gone out. nelson mandela was not just a hero of our time, but a hero of all time. >> i legend for the powerful and the people on the streets of time square from all around the globe. >> it's a big loss for all of us that he died. i do. >> god bless him and his family. god bless all the people he fought for. i hope his legacy lives on. he fought hard for a lot of good people. remembering how he fought and lived. a legacy unlikely to
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